Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and many of his followers are up in arms over multiple networks calling the Iowa caucuses early for former President Donald Trump. They trumpeted that the mainstream media engaged in “election interference.”
A mere 30 minutes into the Monday evening event, both the Associated Press and CNN declared Trump the outright winner. While anyone with a pulse knew he would be victorious, exactly what concrete evidence these outlets based their projections on is anyone’s guess.
Other sources quickly echoed their calls, and this led to much gnashing of teeth by the DeSantis campaign.
DeSantis communications director Andrew Romeo posted on X, formerly Twitter, that the early announcements were “absolutely outrageous.” He declared that the media interfered with the election “before tens of thousands of Iowans even had a chance to vote.”
The Florida Republican hoped for a powerful second-place finish Monday, but had to settle for a virtual tie with former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley — far behind Trump.
Romeo expressed this frustration clearly after this week’s loss. Then he followed with what must be the most humorous quote of the campaign season thus far.
This is called sour grapes by the losers. Very typical and this type of immature garbage will only produce more votes for President Trump. DeSantis Campaign, Allies Whine About Early Call for Trump in Iowa Caucuses: ‘Election Interference’ https://t.co/qkQu728xV9
— Lady Tigress “Those were the days my friend” (@LadyConstance8) January 16, 2024
Romeo posted, “The media is in the tank for Trump and this is the most egregious example yet.” For anyone to declare that the American corporate press is a MAGA-spouting institution showed an utter lack of understanding of the current political climate.
Instead, nearly every mainstream journalist is a Biden ally and actively rooting for Trump to be brought down by Democratic persecution.
DeSantis campaign worker Jeremy Redfern was camped at an Iowa caucus site Monday evening when the networks called the race for the 45th president. He posted on X, “I’m at a precinct that hasn’t even voted yet, and the media are trying to call the race for Trump.”
Conservative news sites recently drew DeSantis’ ire. He accused them of running interference for the former president and not subjecting the frontrunner to scrutiny.
At a campaign event, DeSantis said Trump is the favorite of conservative media and will be defended at all costs. “They just don’t — they don’t hold him accountable because they’re worried about losing viewers and they don’t want to have the ratings go down.”